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 54th Roll Call sets record goals: $8.2 million, 26,500 contributors
The Georgia Tech Alumni Association has set an $8.2 million goal for the 54th Roll Call Campaign from the support of 26,500 contributors.

The new drive follows last year's $7.8 million record effort.

The Roll Call is Tech's largest source of unrestricted funds. The funds allow the Institute to target moneys to meet the greatest needs.

"Unrestricted gifts to Roll Call allow Georgia Tech to meet current needs and seize unexpected opportunities," said Tom Gay, IM 66, vice president for the 54th Roll Call.

"They are the greatest expression of support alumni can show for their alma mater. Roll Call contributions can be put to use where they are needed most urgently. Areas such as student scholarships, faculty recruitment and retention, and curriculum enhancement all rely on the consistent support of our generous donors."

Gay, who is president of Gay Construction in Atlanta, said involving young alumni in the Roll Call drive would be critical to its success.

On a percentage basis, Tech alumni provide more support for their school than graduates of any other state university, said Jim Shea, Alumni Association assistant executive director of Roll Call and director of Annual Giving.

Contributions to the Roll Call and the number of contributors to the campaign continue to increase, Shea said. That support, in turn, enhances the value of every Tech degree.

Shea listed a number of areas where Roll Call investments have paid dividends to Georgia Tech.

  • Roll Call funds were allocated to student scholarships and graduate fellowships to recruit some of the nation's top young scholars. The dividend is that Georgia Tech enrolls one of the highest percentages of National Merit Scholars among public institutions in the country.
  • Georgia Tech committed funds to recruit the nation's top faculty. The dividend is that Tech faculty consistently receive national honors and recognition. In February 1999, Georgia Tech received the Theodore M. Hesburgh Award, the most prestigious award for teaching given an American institution of higher education.
  • Alumni participating in the Roll Call has a powerful effect on Tech's academic ranking. The dividend is that in the recent U.S. News and World Report rankings, Georgia Tech moved to No. 8 among the nation's public colleges and universities.

In the category of alumni giving, Georgia Tech ranks No. 1.

Lasting Generosity
Reunion classes raise $14 million, sponsor beautification projects

Many things have changed since the landmark reunion classes graduated 25, 40 and 50 years ago and now, thanks to the generosity of members of those classes, the face of the campus is changing even further.

The three classes — Class of 1950, Class of 1960 and Class of 1975 — raised a combined $14,185,190 for Georgia Tech, exceeding their projected, combined fund-raising goal of $13 million. Of the total, $762,672 is being used to fund campus beautification projects in honor of each class.

For their class projects, the classes of 1975 and 1950 both participated in Phase I of the renovation project on Academic Hill.

The Class of 1950 50th Reunion Committee, co-chaired by Bobby Joe Anderson, IM 50, and Tommy Towles, Arch 50, raised $258,856 to name the area in front of the Administration Building the Class of 1950 Tower Walk.

The Class of 1975 25th Reunion Committee, co-chaired by Gary Bottoms, IM 75, and Scott Rutherford, MSci 75, raised $141,760 to name the area in front of the Success Center the Class of 1975 Reunion Walk.

The two projects involved removing curbing, adding brick and stone walkways and enhancing landscaping in the areas. A tribute to the Class of 1950 stands in a circular seating area opposite the main stairs leading into the Tech Tower. A tribute to the Class of 1975 stands opposite the main entrance to the Student Success Center.

The Class of 1960 40th Reunion Committee, co-chaired by A.J. Land, IM 60, and Frank Maier, IM 60, raised $362,056 to name the area adjacent to the Georgia Tech Plaza. Construction will begin on the green space — to be named Yellow Jacket Park — once the Hightower Textile building is demolished. The park will serve as the "front yard" to the proposed Undergraduate Learning Center and will form part of Tech's new geographic center.

Each of the classes also exceeded its overall goal. The class of 1950 raised $6,678,766, with an initial goal of $6.5 million. The class of 1960 raised $5,745,484, with a goal of $5 million. The class of 1975 raised $1,760,940, with a goal of $1.5 million.

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